Types of High School Diplomas

The types of diplomas awarded to high school students in the Commonwealth of Virginia are as follows:

Diploma Types:

Advanced Studies

  • students must complete 24 units of academic work as outlined in the DOE regulations plus 9 verified credits if entered 9th grade before 2011-12
  • students must complete 26 units of academic work as outlined in the DOE regulations plus 9 verified credits if entered 9th grade from 2011-12 onward
  • students entering 9th grade from 2013-14 onward must also complete a virtual course

Standard

  • students must complete 22 units of academic work as outlined in the DOE regulations plus 6 verified credits
  • Students entering 9th grade from 2013-14 onward must also earn a board-approved career/tech credential and complete a virtual course
  • Beginning with students entering 9th grade in 2013-14 this will also include those previously receiving Modified Standard diplomas and may include modified requirements for students with disabilities on IEPs

Modified Standard – not available for students entering 9th grade from 2013 onward

  • students with a disability, as identified on their IEP, who are unlikely to complete the requirements for a standard diploma
  • students must complete 20 units of academic work as outlined in the DOE regulations and demonstrate numeracy and literacy (pass 8th grade math and English)

General Achievement Diploma GAD

  • students must be 18 years of age and not currently enrolled in high school
  • this option is for students who have completed 20 standard units of credit towards graduation and did not have the necessary verified credits from other above categories
  • units can be earned at community college, in high school, or other program
  • student must obtain a passing score on his/her GED

Applied Studies Diploma (formerly Special Diploma)

  • Students with disabilities who complete the requirements of their IEP but don’t meet the requirements for other diplomas.

Certificate of Program Completion

  • Students who complete a prescribed program of studies as defined by the local board but do not qualify for a diploma. These students may or may not have an IEP.

For more information concerning your child’s diploma type, please contact your High School Guidance Counselor.